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« on: June 04, 2012, 01:55:37 PM »

Not as sure of this one.

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The Lorial – The Singers

97 Last Age: It’d been a cruel winter; the coldest I could remember. The orcs were more aggressive, driving the game deeper into Erethor or further south. Many would go hungry if their patrols continued. To find game, the hunting parties were forced farther and farther from our winter quarters, into territory we weren’t familiar with. Both our risks and needs were greater if we were going to survive.

I was part of one fateful hunt some sixty miles north of our winter camp. We had stayed just inside the shelter of Erethor tracking a small herd of elk. Their spoor was still fresh, maybe half a day ahead. We were anxious for the hunt to end and desperate for the meat the herd would provide. Our desperation made us careless and we missed the signs that would have alerted us to the orc ambush. Fortunately, the depth of the snow and the high winds gave us time to ready weapons before they were on us. Our numbers were about even, but the orcs were not cold, tired, and hungry. I thought my last day had arrived.

I had just avoided a blow that would have taken my head when I heard a sound; a humming that cut through the wind and cries of the warriors. I tried to focus on the battle, but the sound grew, stealing my attention. I could see that I wasn’t the only one affected as the battle slowed and then stopped. Then I saw them slowly descending through the trees; three achingly beautiful women who appeared to be singing. They had wings like eagles that gracefully carried them to the ground. My axe fell from my hands and then I felt my knees give way. The last I remembered, I saw armed figures slipping through the trees.

When I awoke my axe was laid carefully at my side. All around me were the bodies of the orcs, their heads clearly severed. From the angle of the sun, we’d been unconscious for more than an hour. I quickly roused the others as we couldn’t stay here. There might be other warbands nearby and we had to complete the hunt. Later that night, well fed by the warmth of a banked fire, we talked over what we’d seen. We’d all seen the beautiful winged women and a few had seen the pale elven warriors in their wake. We were in their debt.


Description/Influence: The Lorial are the winged descendants of an elthedar race that lived near the peaks of the Highhorn Mountains just below the tree line.  The Lorial have features similar to an Erunsil, but are taller and much frailer in build. Their wings are stark white with hints of brown, to blend with the snows of their native Highhorns.

Prior to the Sundering, the Lorial had communities across the Highhorns. They controlled the winds and weather with their songs. As the Shadow gained strength, the Highhorns were its first test of strength, pitting the Dark God’s orcs and shadow spawn against the Lorial and the Erunsil. By the end of the First Age, the Lorial were driven from their ancestral homes and took shelter with their Erunsil allies. Many were captured by the Shadow and corrupted becoming the foul mockery known as harpies.

In the Last Age, the Lorial are at the brink of extinction, with less than four hundred scattered across northern Erethor. Small family groups are attached to Erunsil fortresses providing what support they can through their songs and lore. Many believe that the Winter Witches learned at the feet of the Lorial. Though small in number, the Lorial are powerful allies and have helped hold the line in the north.
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 04:33:55 PM »

From the description given, it seems like the Lorial would be not only welcome among the Elves, especially the Erunsil but also hold a high place of honor among them as allies or even teachers and leaders.  I could see Aradil having taken great pains to gather them as allies and offer them safety within Erethor.  Although even if she had done so the war with the Shadow at the end of the Second age would have likely destroyed them.  If the Bard class was to be an option this would likely be the race to bring it about.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2012, 05:38:01 PM »

I've always been leary of winged races, so I was hesitant to do this one. I wanted a link between the fey and harpies and also an elder race that could help mentor the elves without tipping the power balance. I agree that a bard would make sense; and yes the Witch Queen is doing everything she can to preserve them, but the needs of the war are so great she has to use everything she has.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 06:07:04 PM »

The fact that they are winged does give them a great deal of advantages but it serves mainly to keep them alive and give them more maneuverability.  The Elves would probably send them along with winged escorts of mounted Giant Eagles and Snow Owls to help keep them alive.  That being said they are a frail, nearly extinct race at this point and the Shadow has many ways to deal with them.  Arrows, Astiraxes possessing flying animals, Demons, Legates, corrupted Channelers, Wyvern riders and even Dragons are all things they can bring to bear against them.
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